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The First and Second Letters to Timothy (Anchor Bible Commentaries) (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) Hardcover – 3 Dec 2007

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (3 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300139888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300139884
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The letters of Paul to Timothy, one of his favorite delegates, often make for difficult reading in today's world. They contain much that make modern readers uncomfortable, and much that is controversial, including pronouncements on the place of women in the Church and on homosexuality, as well as polemics against the so-called "false teachers." They have also been of a source of questions within the scholarly community, where the prevailing opinion since the nineteenth century is that someone else wrote the letters and signed Paul's name in order to give them greater authority.
Using the best of modern and ancient scholarship, Luke Timothy Johnson provides clear, accessible commentary that will help lay readers navigate the letters and better understand their place within the context Paul's teachings. Johnson's conclusion that they were indeed written by Paul himself ensures that this volume, like the other Anchor Bible Commentaries, will attract the attention of theologians and other scholars.

About the Author

Luke Timothy Johnson is Professor of New Testament at the Chandler School of Theology, Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of The Letter of James (Anchor Bible) and of the bestseller The Real Jesus, as well as other books and numerous articles on the New Testament.

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'... irenic in tone ... and highly readable.' This is a quote from Ben Witherington III on this wonderful commentary. It is a terrible shame that is is not available at the time of writing. I cannot recommend this too highly and hope it comes back into print soon.
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Very good commentary, good seller
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refuting the Majority Position 12 May 2008
By Martin Parra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This commentary is a highly recommendable contribution to the interpretation of the Letters to Timothy. It is outstanding in so far as Johnson makes a compelling case for Pauline authorship. Formerly, Johnson had been an adherent of the academic consensus that argues for the inauthenticity of these letters. But in the course of his teaching he began the process of reexamination which resulted in his devotion to the contrary position, i.e. the Pauline authorship of these letters. For this,
the defence of authenticity, he fights "the good fight" (1Tim 1,18; NIV), and thus he harshley criticizes the majority position which can no longer be seriously maintained. His approach may be outlined as follows: The Letters to Timothy are real rather than fictional letters, they are to be understood within the framework of Paul's ministry (he proposes Acts 20,1-3 as a possible setting) and the socio-historical realities of the first century. Each letter addresses a particular situation and must therefore be considered individually rather than as part of a larger group. They have to be compared within the Pauline corpus, e.g. 1Tim with 1Cor. Concerning the lack of any literal coherence of 1Tim - on the one hand personal paraenesis, but on the other instructions about the community's life - Johnson draws a comparison with the royal correspondence (mandata principis) of the Roman emperors and shows that 1Tim belongs to a well-established epistolary form. On 2Tim, too, Johnson offers a first-rate exegesis. Furthermore, I have highly appreciated Johnson's outlines of the "real-life occasions" and the setting of the letters and his amount of source material, especially from hellenistic moral discourse. In my view this commentary is a work that will doubtless be a spring from which future studies will draw benefit. For a more detailed treatment see my in-depth review posted at amazon.de under the previous ISBN 0385484224.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and evenhanded 6 Mar. 2015
By M Burgos - Published on Amazon.com
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I limit I was pretty skeptical going into this Yale commentary. Even so, I found it to be evenhanded and highly useful. Particularly the author's treatment on Pauline authorship was extensive and full, and it engendered a kind of scholarly honesty that was refreshing. this volume was worth the cost.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 21 Nov. 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars What more could you need? 1 Dec. 2007
By Keith Foisy - Published on Amazon.com
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Always thorough and relevant. i used this when putting together a series and love his work.
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